Men waiting in an unemployment line, Pittsburgh, PA, circa 1933.
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Men waiting in line during The Great Depression.

Credit: James R. Cox Collection, 1923-1950, Father Cox, Archives Service Center, at the University of Pittsburgh

By 1933, 37 percent of Pennsylvania's work force was unemployed, and evictions were soaring as occupants unable to pay rents, mortgages, and taxes on their homes were forced to move in with relatives and friends or take up residence in abandoned spaces or makeshift shelters.

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